O'Neill expecting quiet Barry
Martin O'Neill is not expecting Emmanuel Adebayor style celebrations from Gareth Barry on Monday.
Last Updated: 05/10/09 10:39am
Martin O'Neill is not expecting Emmanuel Adebayor style celebrations from Gareth Barry when Manchester City visit Aston Villa.
The England international is making his first appearance against his former club on Monday night when Mark Hughes' side come to Villa Park.
Adebayor responded to abuse recently against Arsenal by racing the length of the field to celebrate in front of his former fans, actions that landed him with a £25,000 fine.
Barry spent 12 years with Villa after joining in 1997 as a trainee and made over 350 appearances for the Midlands outfit before leaving for City for £12million over the summer.
O'Neill knows the significance of the game, but feels that should Barry get his name on the scoresheet against his former club he would not let his emotions get the better of him.
"It's a game that I would obviously try to win. It's a big, big game for us," he told Sky Sports News.
"All of our concentration is going to be behind our team more than anything.
"I probably wouldn't expect that (Barry antics) really no. I wouldn't expect it, but you never know these days."
Meanwhile, O'Neill has expressed his delighted at the club's summer signings, especially former Manchester City defender Richard Dunne.
Dunne spent nine years with City and O'Neill has been pleased with how quickly the experienced Irishman has adapted to his new surroundings.
"I am delighted with the new players that have come in. They have helped us shore up a few defensive frailties," he continued.
"I was delighted when Richard joined us. It was a difficult move. He was part of the furniture at Manchester City for a long time.
"He was their player of the year for four or five consecutive years and then suddenly he is surplus to requirements.
"We were delighted we finally managed to persuade him to come here. He had a few things to think about.
"Leaving Manchester City was obviously his biggest pang and actually coming to join us wasn't a major decision, or so he said.
"I am very pleased and I think his experience and know-how will help - and is already helping - the rest of us out."